Buildings united by impressive pedestrian walkway and public square
London’s newly completed New Ludgate development aims to transform a City block into a lively new quarter near St Paul’s Cathedral.
Designed by Fletcher Priest, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gustafson Porter, it comprises two striking new buildings in addition to reinstating and improving the public realm of the entire area, including a new pedestrian route and public square.
Fletcher Priest was asked to masterplan the site by client Land Securities, separating it into two buildings – 1 New Ludgate, designed by Fletcher Priest and 2 New Legato to the north, designed by Sauerbruch Hutton. The two practices collaborated to create a pedestrian route through the site that leads to the urban square to the east.
Gustafson Porter is the landscape designer responsible for the scheme’s new public realm which, it says, ‘ties the new development seamlessly into the surrounding urban fabric while giving an unmistakable character to New Ludgate as a whole’.
A bold geometric paving pattern leads pedestrians to a new focal point at the centre of the public square, the centrepiece of which is a mature tulip tree.
Around the site Fletcher Priest has repaired and improved the street lines, grades and views, including the processional route to St Paul’s. The positioning of street furniture and trees by Gustafson Porter, is designed to both increase the sense of space and provide a new meeting and gathering place in the City.
The 1 New Ludgate building boasts extensive external private space accessible from every office floor. This includes a loggia and a substantial south-facing terrace with uninterrupted views towards St Paul’s Cathedral. This terrace has a curvilinear white bench with colourful bands of perennial plants mixed with ornamental grasses in loose, natural arrangements.